Project: Bumblebee (WIP Stage 1)

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  1. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    On the side, I am working on my first reshell/scratchbuild of Bumblebee!

    This is the look I am going for, and after several hours of looking around online and studying it, and making sketches...it's quite possible.

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    here are the main components I'll be using

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    (here's my 'great' idea) to achieve the rear of the beetle's alt mode as BB's chest, I will shell the bot into the model car's shell backwards.
    I'm Using alternator Ricochet, this looks (easy) and possible.

    Finally got in those parts today, and been reading over and over again the shell tutorial over at sector70.com (thanks JAF for recommending it)

    Here are some WIP pics from tonight...

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    as you can see, everything is looking symetrical, and workable. MY main goal was to make sure the wheels ended up centered and even in the shell's wheel wells.

    I do see a potential problem happening up where the arms fold up into alt mode, I might have to shorten the upper arms so they clear the rear bumper. Like I mentioned earlier, he's reshelled backwards, unlike all the alts I've and reshells I've seen. To compensate, I will have to rebuild the interior so It faces the right way, this includes the fold up seats, etc. I also have some ideas how to fold the wheels on his feet so they sit flat against the floor.

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  2. Darth Rodimus

    Darth Rodimus Well-Known Member

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    I am really looking forward to this, GOOD LUCK!!!
     
  3. Hicks_Royel

    Hicks_Royel Chicks dig the Mutt!

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    Since the figure came out, I've always figures that the Classics Bumblebee used alot of the original planning for the Alt/BT figure. We just got a simplified version due to space and size. Good luck on this.
     
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    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    lookin' good. :) 
     
  5. autobotx23

    autobotx23 Banned

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    Awesome, F_R. A while ago (last year I think) there was a post of one from a Asian thread I believe, but it had a bit of a pot belly. :sly2: 

    Yours will surely be slick. Radicons, hooo!!!!
     
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    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    Can't wait!!
     
  7. project9

    project9 White n' Nerdy

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    I can't wait to see this either. It's pretty much exactly what I planned on doing ... eventually - and maybe not exactly. I bought a bunch of alternators to snag parts from - like Sideswipe for the arms (i think the Subaru arms are too big) and Ricochet.
    Good luck!
     
  8. frenzyrumble

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    yeah, i am foreseeing problems with the arms. I will need to shorten the upper arm so they can fit inside the bottom of the car mode without hitting the bumper back there.

    you can see the problem in the last pic.
     
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    Goodluck dude. Seen your customs, this will turn out great. I tried to make one myself but never got to finish it :( 

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    project9 White n' Nerdy

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    I actually think they just look too big. Other straight repaints or reshells I've seen, they just hang too low - up to or past the knees. It throws off the balance (at least to me) and the forearms and hands appear bigger with the smaller VW Bug frame. Technically, you can tell these issues are present on the Subaru mold but they don't look as bad.
     
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    Baird bug-stomper

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    Should be interesting.
     
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    Re-Shell!!....alrighty :D 

    Looking good so far F_R.....as far as the arms, instead of shortening them, could you maybe round the edges so they form the same curve as the rear bumper?....or would they still be just "too big?"

    Keep us posted.
     
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    I'm tellin you, I just don't understand Volkswagon taking the "moral highground" and not letting Hasbro and Takara release a version of this. I don't know any car company that is doing gangbuster buisness these days. Something like this could give a real shot in the arm to their bottom line, plus give them some additional exposure.

    Good luck getting the Bee up and running as he should have been all along.
     
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    bumblebee15 Autobot

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    AWESOME!!!! BB is my favorite character! looking forward to seeing your work on this one!!
     
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    Gearshift Lady of the Dark Throne

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    Make me one, please. ^^
    How much do I have to pay for you to make another reserved for me and only me? ^^
    Don't start it yet, I might not have the money by the time you're done. Start it when I pay (If I CAN pay) :) 
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this one completed.
     
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    This is going to be awesome.
     
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    cant wait to see this finished judging by the standard of your latest work this can only turn out to be amazing
     
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    Hicks_Royel Chicks dig the Mutt!

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    I agree, but that was two years ago at least and TF's weren't as popular, the movie hadn't been an overwhelming success, and VW thought they were being burned by the fact the Takara already had concept drawings in the works [or so's the story I'm inclined to remember...]

    It's my hope that the success of the movie will see a true relaunch of the BT series as more and more car companies try to hop the TF gravy train. Maybe by then VW will get over this anti war kick they're on.

    Course a good looking custom would help... No pressure, Frenble../
     
  20. frenzyrumble

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    thanks for the support. this has been a challenge already.

    update: (see lowest pic in OP)

    finally got all my cut lines down solid, and began the cutting process. I used a brand-new-x-acto blade, and a candle, heating up the blade and melting the plastic model around the curves cutting out the parts I need. Cool technique! I thought about using the dremel, but realized the x-acto / flame combo would give me more control, and cuts that were thinner in width. Whatever is removed during a cut, will need to be filled back and compensated later on in the project..
     
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